Printed Text Numbers 14: 1-20 | Devotional Reading – Psalms 103: 1-14
In the lesson for today, we find that God has delivered the children of Israel from slavery in Egypt with a mighty hand. The people have left Egypt and traveled through the wilderness led by a pillar of fire by night and a pillar of cloud by day. They have been camped at Mount Sanai for nearly a year and have received special instructions from God on how live as a new nation and be successful in the promised land.
During the year at Mount Sanai, Moses was commanded by God to take a census of all the people to determine how many men were fit for military duty, because they would soon encounter enemies in Canaan. (Numbers 1-4) Joshua, Caleb and the other ten spies have spied out the promised land and returned with their opposing reports. With the knowledge of the reports from the spies and God’s promise of land and his faithfulness, the time has come for the Children of Israel to set out for the Promised Land (Canaan). That is when the Children of Israel started complaining about their general misfortunes, including, lack of meat, jealousy of Moses’ authority and their fear of battle against the men who inhibited the land.
To avoid the coming danger and fear of the unknown of what awaits them in the Promised Land, the congregation of people decided to complain and rebel against Moses, Aaron, Joshua, and Caleb.
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